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Advocates call Ford government’s 5-hour labour law consultation “a sham”; Communities host “Peoples’ Hearings” on Bill 47  

(TORONTO) – Community and labour groups will hold “Peoples’ Hearings” on November 15 across Ontario, in protest of Ford government’s decision to limit Thursday’s Bill 47 hearing by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to a mere five hours. “The people of Ontario, the same people Premier Ford had promised to govern for,…


Ford’s cuts to city council ignore consultations and freeze out citizens’ voices, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) ─ Premier Doug Ford’s proposal to cut the number of Toronto city counsellors from 47 to 25 only three months before the October 22 municipal elections ignores four years of consultation with the City of Toronto and undermines citizens’ access to representation. “The people of Ontario did not vote to have their voices…


Resources for incorporating First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming

On National Indigenous Peoples’ Day the Ontario Federation of Labour Aboriginal Circle launched resources for understanding to better enable unions and labour activists to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming. You can now access the following tools: ·     An Indigenous Solidarity Guideline; ·     Guidelines for Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis…


Find your local events for PRIDE 2018

PRIDE events throughout Ontario begin in April and are being kicked off in Guelph and runs through the summer until Peterborough’s September Pride. Find events near you, or check the OFL events calendar. To download the events flyer, click here. APRIL Guelph Pride April 28 – May 14 MAY Elliot Lake May 25 –…


Workplace posters on rights we won in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

Together, we made significant strides to raise the standard of work across the province. After 20 years of woefully outdated labour and employment laws, the Government of Ontario introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act in 2017. This was a result of many hard-fought struggles and the collective voice of millions demanding immediate action to modernize the Employment Standards Act and…


Valentine deliveries to more than 200 Tim Hortons on Feb 13 to support Tim Hortons workers

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontarians are delivering Valentines to workers at more than 200 Tim Hortons outlets today; valentines that contain messages of support and additional information about workplace rights. This action comes on the heels of a National Day of Action January 19, which saw rallies at over 50 Tim Hortons locations across Canada. “Valentine’s…


January 29: Vigils for remembrance, one year after the Quebec Mosque massacre

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were killed during the evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City:  Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Many others were injured in the attack. The OFL signed on to an open letter calling on the government to declare Jan 29…


Pay Equity Symposium – Time’s Up on Wage Discrimination: Close the Pay Gap and End Gender Wage Theft.

To download the registration forms click here. Pay Equity Symposium Time’s Up on Wage Discrimination: Close the Pay Gap and End Gender Wage Theft! When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Where: USW Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto We have long fought for establishing legislative measures to ensure economic justice. The Ontario Pay Equity…


Open letter: OFL demands action on behalf of minimum wage workers from CEO of Tim Hortons’ parent company

(Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour is demanding action from the parent company of Tim Hortons, on behalf of Tim Hortons workers in an open letter to Restaurant Brands International (RBI) Inc. CEO Daniel Schwartz. The text of the open letter follows: RE: Take Immediate Action to Restore Wages and Benefits to all…


OFL issues warning to bully employers and advises workers to join a union to secure their rights in the workplace

(TORONTO, ON) With reports that employees at various Tim Hortons franchises in Ontario have been informed that they will no longer receive paid breaks and health benefits because of the January 1 increase to a $14.00 minimum wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour is sending a message to those owners: an affront to one worker…


Andrea Horwath’s vision of hope and opportunity

Monday afternoon, delegates warmly welcomed Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath to the OFL convention. Horwath’s introduction was met with loud cheers and a standing ovation, as she greeted delegates on her way to the main stage. “I want to thank President Buckley for your strong leadership and your incredible dedication to the labour movement in…